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Jackson Rancheria presents Little Anthony & the Imperials

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Jackson Rancheria presents Little Anthony & the Imperials

Little Anthony & the Imperials

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POSTED March 2, 2012 6:12 p.m.

JACKSON — Take a trip back to the great R&B sounds of the ‘60s when Little Anthony & the Imperials perform live at Jackson Rancheria on Thursday, April 26.

The show is in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Must be 21 to attend. Food and beverages will be available.

Tickets are on sale now and are $40 for general admission, available online at, at the Dreamcatcher’s Club and by phone at 209-296-5495. Dreamcatcher’s Club members can get discount tickets for just $20 at the club.

Anthony Gourdine, born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, began singing as a teenager. In 1955 he put together a group, the Duponts, who began singing for friends and soon got a recording contract.

After high school he joined the Chesters as lead singer. The group later became the Imperials and their first record was “Tears On My Pillow,” which launched their careers and has continued to be one of the most enduring love ballads.

The name change came about when famed radio DJ Alan Freed introduced the record as by “Little Anthony and the Imperials” and the name stuck. Several more hits followed, including “Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop.”

The group disbanded and reformed several times and turned out hits like “I’m On the Outside Looking In,” “Goin’ Out of My Head” and “Hurt So Bad.”

After disbanding in 1975, the group did not perform together again for 17 years, finally reuniting in 1992 to sold out shows and TV appearances.

Catch this classic group, comprised of “Little” Anthony Gourdine, plus Sammy Strain, Ernest Wright and Clarence Collins, at Jackson Rancheria April 26.

Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit

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